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Hanya Yanagihara Named Editor of T Magazine

Hanya Yanagihara previously served as deputy editor of T.

The New York Times has found its new leader for T Magazine.

Hanya Yanagihara has been named the new editor of T: The New York Times Style Magazine, succeeding Deborah Needleman, who departed the publication last November.

“Hanya is not only an ambitious editor, but a dynamic author who commanded the literary world with her vibrant second novel A Little Life,” said Dean Baquet, executive editor of The New York Times. “Given her creativity and breadth of experience, Hanya will elevate T’s distinct and provocative storytelling to a level that explores global culture and enriches each part of the T experience, in print and digitally.”

Yanagihara served as editor-at-large of Conde Nast Traveler before joining T Magazine as deputy editor.

Yanagihara, who was born in L.A. and grew up in Hawaii, published her first novel, The People in the Trees, in 2013. Her second tome, A Little Life, was released in 2015 and shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize and National Book Award for fiction.

Given Yanagihara’s strength in storytelling, perhaps there will be a bigger emphasis on longform stories in T Magazine. Either way, it will be interesting to see how the novelist will transform the stylish glossy.

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